Recently, music producer and singer Pharrell appeared on “Oprah’s Life Lessons”. The man behind “Happy”, the biggest worldwide hit of the year, made headlines for crying on the program.
A statement Pharrell made during the interview also drew attention. He said, quote:
"The ‘new black’ doesn't blame other races for our issues, The ‘new black’ dreams and realizes that it's not pigmentation, it's a mentality; and it's either going to work for you, or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're going to be on."
On this show we were joined by:
• Freelance journalist Lenox Magee, who wrote an editorial for RedEye about Pharrell’s comments
• Quaraysh Ali Lansana, Author and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and
• avery r. young; poet, singer, and visual artist
We also talked about the lasting legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, and our host, Richard Steele shared excerpts from his interview with her.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. We also air a rebroadcast on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5fm.